Romsdalstrappa at Åndalsnes is a popular hiking-trail among locals and tourists. It is “mandatory” to have a stop for a selfie at the Rampestreken Viewpoint at 537 masl. Map to use: Romsdalsfjella Nord 1:50000.
From Rampestreken Viewpoint there is a great view towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord, towards Isterdalen Valley and Trollstigen and down to the Romsdalen Valley and Rauma River.
SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY: The nature in Norway is beautiful but also dangerous. It is important to read about your own responsibility and how to explore the Norwegian nature in a safe way. SAFETY – BEFORE YOU GO HIKING – THE NORWEGIAN MOUNTAIN CODE IMPORTANT! The weather can change dramatically in the Norwegian mountains. This is why you should follow the Norwegian Mountain Code when hiking in Norway. It can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack. Due to often challenging and long hikes in rapidly changing weather, we recommend you to join a Guided Tour. NOTE! Most of the hikes described on this website are intended for experienced hikers that know the area. Be aware that parts of the trail / stone stairs have steep sections. If you bring children, always keep them in a safe distance from the steep edges of the stone stairs as it is easy to stumble / fall in the steep sections. Best suited for older children who are used to hiking in the mountains since there are some steep passages with exposed surroundings. We recommend you to use a map and compass on hikes in the Romsdal Mountains. It also often happens that this mountain area is shrouded in fog. SEASON & WEATHER: June to September, depending on temperature and snow. Seasons mentioned on this website are approximately dates. It is recommended to avoid hiking if there are ice and snow in the terrain and on the trails. Always check the weather before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms and in fog and bad weather! Use the information you find on fjords.com at your own risk and your own responsibility. Errors and omissions may occur. Always make your own evaluation. Adapt your own risk to your own skills and by choosing where, when and how you travel. Fjords.com is not a guide or a travel planner, and the information on the pages should not be used accordingly. Marked and mentioned routes are not accurate and will also often change for various reasons, always look for updated information.
NOTE – We recommend the use of a guide. This is a long and demanding hike, there are several steep, narrow and exposed sections on this hike.
There are three ways to get to Rampestreken Viewpoint. If you start from Åndalsnes, you have to walk about 700 meters south from the center of Åndalsnes to the foot of the mountain Nebba / Nesaksla where the trail to Rampestreken starts. If you drive a car, you can park near where the trail starts. Keep in mind that the nearest car park may be full, but there are alternative car parks nearby. Look at the map at the bottom of the article, where parking spaces and the starting point of Rampestreken trail are marked.
- You can hike upwards along Romsdalstrappa trail from Åndalsnes to Rampestreken Viewpoint at 537 meters above the Romsdalsfjord (1-2 hour steep and heavy hike). From Rampestreken you can continue up to Mt Nesaksla at 715 masl and take the Romsdal Gondola down, or you can walk down the same trail as you walked up.
- Take the Romsdal Gondola from the centre of Åndalsnes and up to Mt Nesaksla from where you can walk down the steep trail to Rampestreken. You can return up to Mt Nesaksla and take the gondola back down to Åndalsnes, or you can continue the hike down to Åndalsnes at Romsdalstrappa.
- Rampestreken and Romsdalstrappa are part of the Romsdalseggen hike between Isfjorden and Åndalsnes in Romsdal. You can do the long hike along Romsdalseggen, and you will pass Rampestreken Viewpoint at the descend from Mt Nesaksla down Romsdalstrappa to Åndalsnes (this is a long and heavy hike). The descent from Mt Nesaksla is steep, but the trail is good and many intervals are stairs made of stones.
Romsdalstrappa is a popular hiking-trail. Note that there might be a long queue and therefore it it can take some time to wait to get out on Rampestreken, sometimes more than two hours. The Romsdalstrappa trail is well marked.
Season: June to September, depending on temperature and snow. It is not recommended to hike Romsdalstrappa if there are ice and snow on the trail.
Pictures from Romsdalstrappa and Rampestreken
The video and the pictures below are from a hike down Romsdalstrappa, from Mt Nesaksla via Rampestreken to Åndalsnes. The video and the pictures were taken before the Romsdal Gondola was built.
From fjord to mountain in four and a half minutes. From Eggen Restaurant at the top of Mt Nesaksla you have a fantastic view down to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord. The gondola goes from the fjord station at the center of Åndalsnes to the mountain station at Mt Nesaksla, 694 maf (meters above the fjord).
Romsdalseggen in Romsdal has in short time become one of the most popular hikes in Norway. The hike starts in the Vengedalen Valley in Isfjorden and ends in the city center of Åndalsnes. The prize is a fantastic view over the Romsdalen Valley and the Romsdalsfjord. From Romsdalseggen you can actually see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Rauma Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet. Take the train to the end-station Åndalsnes at one of Norways most spectacular railways.
-Then he told him about Åndalsnes, a tiny settlement up in Romsdalen Valley, surrounded by high mountains which were so beautiful that his mother had always said that that was where God had started when He was creating the world, and that He had spent so long on Romsdalen that the rest of the world had to be done post-haste to be finished by Sunday. Jo Nesbø, The Bat
Åndalsnes is the “Hub” in Romsdal, and is situated in the middle of all the great things that is worth seeing and doing in the Romsdalsfjord area.
From snowy mountains to beautiful coastline of islands and reefs. Experience all this in one day due to the short distance from mountains to coast. Ona Island and Lighthouse, The Atlantic Road and Midsundtrappene are attractiona facin the Atlantic Ocean. Trollstigen, The Troll Wall, Romsdalseggen, Rampestreken and Litlefjellet are great places to visit in the inner part of the Romsdalsfjord, where the fjord meets the spectacular and alpine Romsdal mountains. Travel green to Åndalsnes with Rauma Railway, a wild, beautiful and unique experience regardless of season. From Åndalsnes Railway Station, you can walk straight from the train and over to the Romsdal Gondola that takes you up to the city-mountain Mt Nesaksla and Eggen Restaurant. From there you have a fantastic view towards Isfjorden, down to the Romsdalsfjord and up towards the Romsdalen Valley which you have just experienced from the train ride along the Rauma Railway. The Romsdalsfjord is located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.
Accommodation at Åndalsnes and in Romsdal
Grand Hotel Bellevue at Åndalsnes
Aak Hotel at Sogge outside Åndalsnes
Hotel Geist at Øran at Åndalsnes
Åndalsnes Vandrerhjem på Setnes
Åndalsnes Camping by Rauma River
Mjelva Camping at Mjelva outside Åndalsnes
Trollveggen Camping by the Troll Wall
Accommodation in Isfjorden
FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway
Fjords.com – Trollstigen
Fjords.com – Romsdalseggen
Fjords.com – Romsdal Gondola
Official Tourist Information – Visit Romsdal
Rauma Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes
Visitnorway.com – Åndalsnes and Romsdal
Visitnorway.com – Visit Northwest